Thursday, April 30, 2009

pancakes and apple boxes.

I ultimately want to work in set design in the film industry, and I had a chance to spread my designer wings, so to speak, when I art directed for a short film called "The Hero." The film, which was directed by my close friend  Adam Angeles,  screened as part of a series of shorts directed by University of California, Irvine film students this past weekend at the Newport Beach Film festival.  With my first real budget of any sorts , Adam trusted me to create a the overall look of the film, which we had decided was an updated twist on art deco (Sans the gaudy black laquer and mother-of-pearl).  My favorite look of the entire film was the little girls room, which happened to be the last shot.  Here are some stills from "Christine's Room".  

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Decopagged Eggs

In the spirit of Easter and the month of April, I'm writing about one of spring's best ideas! I found these amazing eggs in a magazine I was flipping through at the local grocer. I wanted to buy the magazine then and there, but decided against it. After a week of regretting my non-purchase, I finally caved at a Home Depot. Who said decorating easter eggs was only for kids?

These eggs are so grown up compared to the haphazard ones I use to make in grade school.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

d.i.y. elegance

Morgan and I spent a couple of hours last night dressing the naked light bulbs in our room by creating  an inexpensive light fixture from a pillow case and a light-weight picture frame. We realized, as we were using our new staple gun, that we should have done a D.I.Y video of it, but c'est la vie. I find that it does in fact, like a real chandelier, give the room a touch of elegance. 

d.i.y instructions.
We found an old frame at goodwill. (If you find a frame that you really like, but aren't too keen on the color, you can always spray paint it) We used pillowcases that already had the chandelier design on them which we bought for 27 dollars at a novelty store on Hollywood Blvd. If you want to save a little money, you can also use any white/off white pillowcase and make your own personal design. We pulled apart the seams and only used the one side of the pillowcase with the design on it.  Next, we used a staple gun and stretched and stapled the pillowcase to the frame. On a side note, the tighter you can make it, the better.  And you should to iron the pillowcase before and after you staple it to the frame.   Then we took 4 screw eye hooks and manually screwed them into the four corners of the frame. As Morgan screwed in the hooks, i went around trimming the excess fabric around the frame.  Then, took 4 strands of 15 inch long fishing line and tied them to each of the screws. The next part is a little tricky because you have to take 4 more screw eye hooks and screw them into the ceiling in the positioning of the hooks on the frame.  Once you do that you can tie each corner to the corresponding screws.  You might want to have someone there examining how straight it turns out. 

Saturday, April 25, 2009

hydroxycut induced inspiration.

the fact that i don't normally drink coffee, would explain why these little caffine-infused caplets kept me up till 3am.  Luckily, i put all that energy into perusing blogs and getting inspired musically, artistically, decoratively, and poetically.  

One of my finds was this little filmic gem. 
via tania-wonder stranger

more about "Via Tania "Wonder Stranger"", posted with vodpod

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Ext. Indio-Day

Morgan and I created a little stop motion in hopes to create a visual journal of our weekend at Coachella. It was inspired by a Mammoth, a photo essay created by our friend Ryo. We like to think that facebook albums are becoming passe. And i mean that in a non elitist way. Enjoy!